Shek Kip Mei

Former Shek Kip Mei students recall poor but happy years

Former principal Wong Ming-chu holds up the old school badge as she revisits the now-empty Shek Kip Mei building. Photo: May Tse

For poor children growing up in Shek Kip Mei until the late 1970s, school was more than a place of learning - it was a safe house.

Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 3:35am

Don't forget the Hong Kong that once welcomed mainlanders

A shopper holds multiple shopping bags in Causeway Bay during the October 1 "Golden Week" in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

The Cantonese have a gloriously biting sense of humour, especially when it comes to describing people they don't necessarily admire. In the bad old days of corruption in the police force, one of the "hungriest" bribe-takers was the notorious Superintendent Peter Fitzroy Godber, who was dubbed the "Curry King" because "nothing was too hot for him".

6 Oct 2012 - 8:41am 10 comments

Pak Tin Estate: nostalgic lifestyle will be swept away

Leung Kwan (left) and Yu Fung-ying. Photo: Thomas Yau

Rectangular blocks of flats with colourful facades, old-style bakeries and restaurants, grocery stores selling cheap dried fruit - all these features that give Pak Tin an air of nostalgia will be bulldozed after a redevelopment plan for the area gets under way next year.

15 Oct 2012 - 11:35am

Living in a squalid subdivided flat is a miserable experience for SCMP reporter

Joanna Chiu sits on the bed in her tiny room, her clothes and mattress soaked and the room musty after her air conditioner leaked overnight. Below, the stairway of the building in Sham Shui Po.Photos: David Wong

"Do you have anything cheaper in Sham Shui Po?" The landlord is showing me a subdivided unit in Prince Edward, with its own window and bathroom. At HK$3,200 a month, though, it's too expensive for many low-income renters.

"I do," he says. "But you wouldn't be able to live in a place like that."

19 Aug 2012 - 10:29am

The art of discovery

Our fingers and thumbs - useful for typing, texting, and holding things - also add up to 10. This number equals the destinations around Hong Kong featured on this month's Aedas Secret Spaces tour.

The Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, which organised the tour, asked professional artists to transform 10public locations across Hong Kong into art 'happenings'.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

iPad e-learning fears

Parents of students from St Francis of Assisi's English Primary School, in Shek Kip Mei, are unhappy about the school's decision to use e-textbooks in the forthcoming school year.

As part of the school's e-learning plan, all Primary Three students must buy an iPad for Chinese and English lessons. Poorer parents, worried by the financial burden, say they were not consulted.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A vanishing community

Chan Hau-chu is 79 and lives in a flat in block 11 of Pak Tin Estate, in Shek Kip Mei. 'I have been living here since I gave birth to my first son,' she says.

Her apartment has no rooms. Its original design includes only a sitting room and a large balcony, as well as a toilet and kitchen.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Officials' shift in public housing policy will help cut long waiting list

I think the government policy of only demolishing public housing blocks when they became too costly to repair was outdated.

Therefore, I strongly support the change of direction with the decision to redevelop Pak Tin Estate in Sham Shui Po ('Change of plan on redeveloping estates', April 18).

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Artists explore the dark side of mushrooms

Mushrooms made of paper, ceramics and clay adorned part of the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei last weekend and will do so again next weekend as part of an exhibition titled The Meaty Mushroom, by local artists Ophelia Kwong and Man Tin.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rent rise fuels creative tension

Artists are unhappy about a sudden 20 per cent rent increase for studio space at a Shek Kip Mei arts centre, but the managers say the rise is necessary to keep the venture afloat.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

How children in Hong Kong and Cambodia combined and helped put a school together

About a year ago, a group of underprivileged minority children in Hong Kong, working alongside local architects, designed a school for their peers in Cambodia. Three months ago the school went up in Kampot, with the town's children helping in its construction.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Week ahead


Angela and Hayden in Concert

Two teenage musicians, violinist Angela Chan and pianist Hayden Kwan, play works by composers including Sarasate and Rachmaninoff. 7.30pm, HK Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, HK$50-HK$80, HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 9371 3889

Classic Lantern DIY Workshop

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Human shark sheds blood to show brutality of the shark finning industry in creative protest

Being the major hub of the world's shark fin trade, Hong Kong has seen its fair share of protests against shark finning - where the creatures are captured, impaled, have their fins cut off and are then thrown back into the ocean to die - but nothing has been as visually stunning as Alice Newstead's demonstration on Tuesday.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Out and about

Tucked away between Sham Shui Po's grinding urban poverty and Kowloon Tong's smug middle-class affluence, Shek Kip Mei remains synonymous - almost six decades after the devastating squatter fires that were its conception - with the birth and evolution of public housing in Hong Kong.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

B-Boys to bust a move in major battle

The best B-Boys from Hong Kong and Macau will duke it out on Sunday in the Red Bull BC One Cypher Hong Kong competition.

The winner of the event at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre will go on to the Asia qualifier in Taiwan this summer. The winner there will compete in the world finals in Russia at the end of the year.

24 Feb 2011 - 12:00am